Preschool

Our preschool educators have many years of experience and advanced training in early childhood development. The preschool curriculum is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, which is an educational philosophy that utilizes self-directed, experiential learning and is based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community. At its core is an assumption that children form their own personality during early years of development and are endowed with "a hundred languages," through which they can express their ideas. The aim of the Reggio approach is to teach how to use these symbolic languages (e.g., painting, sculpting, drama) in everyday life.

At HBS, our early learners learn through exploration and discovery within a self-guided curriculum. Our classrooms are lively, comforting, safe and engaging to the young mind. We incorporate opportunities or "centers" for young learners to explore science, arts, dramatic play and sensory experiences. As part of the curriculum, preschoolers also engage in "Special Subjects," which allows for a more interdisciplinary and project-based approach to art, music, physical education, Spanish, technology education, and library/media studies. We encourage outside play every day, weather permitting.

To schedule a tour or for more information about our Preschool program, please call 401-456-8127 or email pjanaway@ric.edu.

Curriculum

Social/Emotional Skills

We recognize the importance of developing positive social skills in the early years.  We support children as they are learning to get along with others, develop their natural empathy and cultivate kindness.  Everyone needs a friend.

Language Arts and Literacy

The young students’ natural curiosity about the world around them provides a wonderful opportunity to introduce them to the world of books and print. We encourage children to engage in conversation about their lives and all they encounter in their daily experiences. Children are encouraged to tell stories about their drawings and other works, and they are beginning to use print to tell a story or communicate their thoughts and ideas.

Math

Through play, young students explore basic mathematical concepts such as counting, sorting, and patterns. In the block area, we observe the children demonstrating an awareness of geometry and problem solving. These are crucial skills in the development of a solid foundation for mathematics.

Social Studies

Social Studies in preschool involves the children’s interests in their community.  They learn that they are part of a classroom/school community where they have the opportunity to practice working and sharing with others. Through this interaction with others, they learn the fundamentals of living in a democracy.  Preschool children begin thinking about families and the roles of family members in society. They recognize similarities and differences in people, homes, and work. They also begin to think of where they live in relation to other places. Perhaps they build a city in the block area or draw maps of places that they have visited. They experience beginning mapping skills when they move a playing piece around a board game, such as Candyland or draw a treasure map. Preschool children are focused on the present. They learn about time when they view their daily schedule or talk about their plans for tomorrow. They sometimes focus on their present abilities compared to what they were able to do as babies. Thus, young children learn geography, civics, and history through first hand experiences with the world around them.

Science

Children are captivated by the everyday world. Through exploration we encourage our young scientists to observe, question and test their hypothesis about the environment around them. We use the nature as well as studies about ramps, light and reflection and color to help the student as they wonder.

Special Subjects

Art

In Preschool, children learn to identify lines, colors, and shapes in the natural and manufactured environment and in art. They will become aware of how our movements (large and small) move the paint, clay, marker, etc. Our young artists will make marks with a variety of tools, explore shape and color, and use repetition in paintings and drawings. They will learn about artists and their work, including Kandinsky (oil pastels), Miro (line painting), El Anastui (bottle caps), clay texture disks, model magic sculptures, Andy Warhol (markers), Picasso, or Jasper Johns (collage).

Español

Preschool Spanish is all about having fun, moving, and singing in Spanish!  The students learn best by doing, so we practice speaking Spanish with puppets, we dance to the days of the week, and we sing our vocabulary words.  Learning Spanish becomes a natural outcome of play!  We also talk about different countries where Spanish is spoken and learn about cultures that are different from our own.  Students have music class for 30 minutes first, and then come to Spanish class twice a week.

Music

Developing the young musical mind is of primary importance. The program is based around singing, dancing, and playing instruments with an introduction to the fundamentals of reading, pitch exploration, ear training and rhythm. Our repertoire includes multicultural and traditional dances and children’s songs with a mix of classic and contemporary titles.

We focus on singing, exploring, and moving alone and together within the space of each other and as a group, playing basic percussion instruments properly, and treating all materials with respect.

Specific curriculums include: Titles by John Feiereband: “Playground Songs,” “Pitch Exploration,” “Beginning Circle Games.”

TechEd

Play, characterized by intrinsic motivation, free choice, and flexibility, remains as the primary activity across early childhood. However, tiny duties, learning activities and projects with extrinsic rules, challenges and ends have an increasing emphasis on TecheEd curricula for early learners. Accordingly, technological problem-solving tasks and the production of objects providing children with appropriate cognitive challenges. Also, activities based on usage of objects lead children to study their functions and usability, promoting questions regarding the environment in which the objects play a role.